RMT warns ScotRail over use of ‘classic’ HSTs and controlled emission toilets
The RMT union is demanding that no ‘classic’ High Speed Trains are introduced by ScotRail, because they are not fitted with controlled emission toilets (CETs).
The union claims that SR’s planned introduction of unrefurbished sets as an interim measure breaks an agreement (meant to come into force last December) not to dispose of human waste on the track.
SR plans to introduce up to ten ‘classic’ HSTs as an interim measure because its refurbished sets, which feature CET-fitted Mk 3s as well as sliding doors ( RAIL 864), are not yet ready at Wabtec Rail, Doncaster.
The RMT has written to both ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes and Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson.
Discussions were due to take place after this issue of RAIL went to press, and the union said it could decide to take action to stop the HSTs being used if the operator and Scottish Government refuse to act.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members are rightly appalled that ScotRail has sought to rip up a clear agreement to end the filthy and disgusting practice of dumping human excrement on Scotland’s railways.”
A ScotRail spokesman said: “We are working flat out to get more upgraded trains into service as quickly as possible, but our supplier - Wabtec - is behind schedule. To ensure we can deliver services for our customers, we will introduce classic High Speed Trains until enough upgraded Inter7City trains are available. These classic trains will not have retention tanks, which is far from ideal. We are doing everything we can to mitigate this as soon as possible.”
As this issue of RAIL went to press there was one refurbished HST in Scotland, with a second due by the start of the December timetable.